Almost all of us have been doing different kinds of stuff to cope up with the quarantine. There are some who have been binge-watching movies and series. Some are taking care of plants. There are also folks who have been trying out foods from here to there, and many other things you would know.
If you have read my previous blog, one of the things that I’ve been getting up this quarantine was getting back to a fitter and healthier me. And this time around, I’m gonna share with you all how I started my fitness journey.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a fitness professional. All of the things that are listed here are based on what I did and what worked for me.
Jumpstarting to a Fitter You
I must admit that when the quarantine started, I didn’t have any plans on losing some weight. Simply because I’m that person who just does what I do. Eat, Work, Sleep, and Repeat. Those were my routines that have not been changed even when the pandemic was not here.
When the quarantine started, I was pigging out most of the time. Every now and then, I would order foods without any limitations. From pasta, bread, and sweets! Anything good, name it. It even came to the point that milk tea has already been part of my daily routine. Milk tea is life! But as the quarantine went on, I started to notice that I have gained so much weight. And even when doing selfies, my face looks so round already!
I mentioned on my previous blog too that I have been watching a lot of Thai BL Series this quarantine. And with that happening, I have been fangirling a lot and followed the actors on their Instagram. Their outfits were my inspiration! Telling myself, “I wanna wear this too!”, “I wanna look like this!”. But the thing is, those kinds of fashion won’t look good on me if I’m so fat. There I decided, I need to lose some weight. I need to get fitter. And there, my fitness journey started.
Simple Tips on How to Lose Weight
There are different ways on how you can lose weight. And this I’m gonna share is based on what worked for me which can also work for you.
1.) Gather Information
When I decided to start this Balik-Alindog program, I didn’t just jump into it right away. Simply because I didn’t know how to. So I asked my friends who lost so much weight and had that extreme glow up. I asked them much stuff such as what they eat and how they totally did it. If I could recall, there were four of them that I asked and all of them did the same way.
So some of what you’ll gonna be reading on the next few pages were collaborative tips that I learned from my friends and adding up the things that I did.
2.) 16:8 Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting involves cycling between periods of fasting and eating. And one of the popular ways to do it is the 16:8 Intermittent Fasting. It means you fast for 16 straight hours and feast on your 8 hours window. When you fast, the burning of calories happens here. And with the fasting period, your body fats will more likely to be used to feed your body.
To get started, begin by picking an eight-hour window and limit your food intake to that time span. For many that I know, they would choose the 12 Noon to 8 PM time frame. Just like skipping breakfast, having lunch, and ending the day with dinner.
But for me, since I’m on a graveyard shift, I do it from 6 PM and stop by 12 Midnight. “Why 12 Midnight? I thought it’s 8 hours?” Yes, it’s actually eight hours but if you’re full, why force yourself?
Also, my friend who has a fitness coach told her too that you shouldn’t eat four hours before going to bed. Eating before going to bed can cause the body’s metabolism to slow. The body slows down its functions at night to prepare for sleep, but consuming foods, especially those high in carbs, can make it harder to digest and result in weight gain.
3.) Low carb diet
There are different types of how people do their diet. And if you’re wondering what is my diet, it’s a low carb diet. This is not a “No Carb Diet” but only a low carb diet. Meaning, we still eat carbs but those foods that are low in carbohydrates. A low carb diet is also popular as one of the most effective ways of losing weight.
So what happens in a low carb diet?
Starting a low carb diet can be easy or difficult for many. As for me, it was totally hard when I started but as time went on, I got used to it already. I have also been doing this for more than 3 months now and I must say it worked for me!
Common foods that you should not eat and avoid in a low carb diet (or limit if you can’t avoid it completely): Rice, Sugar, Sweets, Sodas, Pasta, Bread
“So what do you eat?”, a common question that I always get every time I share my diet with them. Doing a low carb diet, I focus more on eating meat, fish, egg, and leafy vegetables.
This is gonna be a long discussion since it’s a very broad topic. But if you want to know more and get more ideas about a low carb diet, you can also join the Facebook group I’m in that talks all about Low Carb Diet with Intermittent Fasting for Beginners.
Be sure to also drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Also, incorporate and drink green tea daily if possible after your meals. It’s also a great help when you’re trying to lose weight.
4.) Move around and get some exercise
Exercise is helpful for weight loss and maintaining weight loss. It can increase metabolism, or how many calories you burn in a day. It can also help you maintain and increase lean body mass, which also helps increase the number of calories you burn each day. I’m not telling you to do it every day but if time permits, insert it in your schedule as this is also helpful.
Going to the gym is not necessary though. Especially that there’s a pandemic going on, you can just do some home workouts from Youtube as I did. You just need to prepare a yoga mat, yourself and you’re good to go.
There are many workout videos that you can find on Youtube from different channels. And I suggest if you’re still starting, choose a workout that would fit your phase. Also, do more cardio exercises if possible. Below are some of the workouts that I do that you can follow.
Lose Weight – Lose Belly Fat – Free 14-Day Program (MrandMrsMuscle)
This is a straight 14-day program that is perfect for beginners. In this program, it was not indicated anywhere when you should rest. But Mrs. Muscle mentioned in some of the episodes that if you need to take a rest day, do so. In that way, your muscles can also relax.
Click here for the Youtube playlist of this program.
I must say that this 14-day program was great! Starting from very easy routines, it gets fun and challenging day by day. The day by day routine consists of 8 exercises, 30 seconds each with 10 seconds rest. You also need to do it for four rounds, but if you need to take a longer break, go on.
2 Weeks Shred Challenge (Chloe Ting)
If you’re done with the 14-day program from MrandMrsMuscle and is ready for a more intense workout, then this “2 Weeks Shred Challenge” from Chloe Ting is for you. This shred challenge has garnered a lot of positive feedback and a lot of testimonies of people losing so much weight on Youtube! The videos of people losing weight because of this challenge led me to this program.
Check out the 2 Weeks Shred Challenge here.
To tell you honestly, this was so hard! No joke! This is a killer workout but the results are amazing! This is the workout that shredded most of my fats during the quarantine. It might be hard but the more you do it day by day, you’ll get used to it.
“What workouts do you do now after these programs?”
After I did Chloe Ting’s 2 Week Shred Program, I went back to MrandMrsMuscle’s channel and check out some of their workouts. I just so love their videos because they show the modifications and targets of the workouts that you do in that video.
5.) Treat Yourself
Don’t lose yourself. Along with this fitness journey, I still get to treat myself in moderation. And if you have been following me on my socials, you would know that I also do a food blog. Yes, you can eat or do cheat meals but do it in moderation.
How I do it?
Let’s say I got a dozen donuts with me, I only eat one. A box of assorted cookies, I only eat 1/4 of each flavor. A large size milk tea, I only drink 1/8 of it. It just boils down as to how you control it. You can cheat on this but don’t do it every day. If you want fast results, then go back again to what we talked about a low carb diet.
If you noticed, I haven’t mentioned how much weight I have lost. It’s simply because I don’t have any weighing scale here in our home. But no worries, as soon as I have one, I’ll surely update it here.
Getting into a fitness journey was not a smooth start for me. There were no shortcuts at all. It takes discipline and determination to make it work. I hope this blog gave you an idea of how you can start your fitness journey if you’re planning to do one. There are so many things I still want to share but let’s save that for some other time. My piece of advice, don’t do it for others but do it for yourself because along with this journey, you don’t only get fit, but you also get healthier.